Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) degree is intended for students whose interest is in the academic subject matter of the field rather than in professional practice. It is a natural entry point for many students who will eventually continue for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Because of this orientation, the emphasis in the MS degree program is on building a strong foundation in a particular specialty field, along with the research methods important in that field. To reflect this research and academic orientation, the MS ordinarily requires the preparation of a thesis. The MS degrees require between 45-48 credit hours.

There is no practice placement requirement for the MS, however the thesis is an integral part of the MS degree, allowing the student the opportunity to investigate a topic of personal interest and importance to the field, and to integrate and synthesize from the knowledge and skills presented in the program.

Master of Science Program Specializations

Biomedical Informatics

Build a strong foundation in research methods as you study how information and information technology can be used to improve public health, health care and biomedical research.


Learn how statistics can be used to solve public health challenges as you develop your skills in research and an understanding of biostatistical methods.

Environmental Public Health

Gain greater understanding of the connections between human health and the environment including epidemiology, toxicology and global health.


Track the natural history of disease through its frequency, distribution and causes as you learn epidemiological methods to grow your knowledge and skills.

How to Apply

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